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Request for the UN to create World Universal Accessibility Day

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The Alliance for World Universal Accessibility Day, formed by FC Barcelona, the Barça Foundation, the ‘la Caixa’ Bank Foundation, Barcelona City Council and Mapp4all Universal Accessibility have put together a request that will be sent to the United Nations to ask the international organisation to declare 30 September as World Universal Accessibility Day. During the announcement of the petition, an event which took place at the 1899 Auditorium at Camp Nou, the request letter was presented to Joan Clos, the person who will be responsible for delivering the message to the United Nations. Joan Clos is a former mayor of Barcelona and was also executive director of UN Habitat from 2010 to 2017, the United Nations program for the promotion of sustainable cities.

The event also saw the participation of Albert Llovera, the rally driver who is paralysed from the waist down after a serious skiing accident in competition when he was 17. Llovera shared his experience and his efforts to move forward, both in life and in sport, overcoming hurdles and finally being able to take part in various motor sport events such as rallies and the famous Dakar rally where he will also take part in 2020.

The objective of this request is that each 30 September becomes a day to promote and raise awareness of universal accessibility across the world with the organisation of different events on the subject.

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